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Tender No 18001 – Blackspot Program Works
- Nyora St Helier Road, Woodleigh
Council invited tenders from suitably
experienced contractors for blackspot
program works on Nyora St Helier Road
between Woodleigh-St Heiler and Williams
Tender No 18007 – Rehabilitation of Water
Sensitive Urban Design Elements Seagrove
Council invited tenders from suitably
experienced contractors to undertake
wetland and raingarden rehabilitation works
in Seagrove Estate, Cowes.
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9.00am on Tuesday, 9 January 2018 and close
at 2.00pm on Tuesday, 6 February 2018.
Council is currently recruiting for the
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THOUSANDS of people visited Bass Coast
over the Christmas and New Year’s period, as
the iconic Phillip Island Penguin Parade sold out
in record numbers.
City-goers and interstate travellers flock to
Phillip Island each year for its pristine beaches
and relaxed atmosphere.
At the Phillip Island Nature Parks’ managed
Penguin Parade, they’ve been selling out between
two and three days in advance – a rare occur-
“We’ve had sensational numbers,” Phillip Is-
land Nature Parks’ communications executive
Roland Pick said.
“We always expect it to be busy from Boxing
Day to about January 5, but we even had sell-out
nights before Christmas.”
Those record numbers have also played in fa-
vour of visitors, with more than 4000 penguins
recorded on Boxing Day.
“It was the second highest number of penguins
we’ve ever seen,” Roland said.
“Usually we’d be expecting 2800 or 2900 at
this time of year.”
Following the huge turnouts, a temporary sign
was set-up near the Newhaven Visitor Informa-
tion Centre to let tourists know the Penguin Pa-
rade had sold out.
“Last year’s breeding season was pretty big
and a lot of penguins are also breeding earlier.
“The food source has been really good as well.
It’s great for the penguins because sometimes
they might have to travel a lot longer, but every-
thing’s close to the shore.”
The Penguin Parade has been popular amongst
families, many on holidays after a busy 2017.
“This time of the year, the vast majority of visi-
tors is families going away, getting away from
“They’re mostly Victorians, we still get some
international visitors but no-where near as
many during other times of the year.”
Visitor information centres are also proving
to be valuable for visitors, with the local council
recording 16,000 people walking through their
centres in Cowes, Inverloch and Newhaven over
the holiday period.
It was particularly busy for the Newhaven
Visitor Information Centre, which recorded 741
people on Wednesday, January 3.
Beachgoers have also been using council’s free
beach wheelchair, with bigger tyres and more
stability for people to move along the sand.
It’s been a great holiday period for locals and
small businesses, many employing casuals over
summer to cope with the increased demand.
By Cr Pamela Rothfield
Happy New Year! Here we are in 2018 already!
In my childhood, I imagined that we would be
driving Jetson-like flying cars by now – and pos-
sibly flying around with a jetpack attached to our
Whilst we still do not have jet-packs – I’m de-
lighted to say that our shire is nevertheless re-
ally on the move. Our momentum, rather than
coming from space-age flight, emanates from our
Council Plan, which commenced with massive
community engagement a year ago, in January
2017 through to its adoption in June; following
that was the introduction of the new Three Bin
system in September, and the $31 million fund-
ing announcement for the Wonthaggi Secondary
College’s new Senior Campus ($25 million) and
Wonthaggi High Ball Stadium ($6 million) in No-
vember - and this is just the tip of the iceburg.
The past 18 months have seen major invest-
ment in Bass Coast from the State Government
including $58.2 million in the Philip Island
Penguin Parade upgrade, $3.2million from Vic
Roads for future infrastructure improvements on
Phillip Island Road, $3.5 million from the state
government matched by $3.5million from fed-
eral government for the Woolamai Beach round-
about, $1.52 million from the state government
toward the Wonthaggi traffic lights was matched
by $1.52 million from federal government and an
additional $1.3 million from federal government
towards safe roads in Woodleigh and Coronet
The Jetty Triangle and Transit Centre proj-
ect received $1.8 million from the state govern-
ment’s Regional Development Victoria, and sports
and recreation funds from the state government
came through including Wonthaggi Netball Courts
($100,000), Bass Netball Courts ($100,000) and
Cape Paterson Surf Lifesaving Club ($2.3 million).
Turning the corner into this New Year, we have
hit the ground running and I am delighted to
return for a second term as Mayor with fellow
Councillor Brett Tessari as my deputy mayor
once again. The knowledge we have gained and
trust we have built from our first term means we
can capitalise on our current momentum and
keep moving forwards, particularly in the space
of Advocacy and major projects.
In 2018 we will continue to work on building
our investment portfolio to add the key items
listed on our Advocacy Strategy:
• Phillip Island Integrated Transport Study
• Cowes Jetty Replacement
• Wonthaggi Hospital upgrade to sub-regional
• 24 hour medical solution for Phillip Island
• Wonthaggi North East Precinct Key infra-
• South West Gippsland Transport Strategy
• Transfer of the (current) Wonthaggi Second-
ary College Campus site to Council
I am thoroughly excited for the year ahead and
hope that it is a happy, healthy and safe one for
all of us in Bass Coast Shire.
THE maximum increase local councils
will be able to charge ratepayers, when
budgets are handed down later this year,
will be 2.25 per cent.
That’s the figure set last week by the
State Government which claims it is
“once again protecting Victorians from
unfair council rate hikes by restricting
any increase to 2.25 per cent for 2018/19.
“The cap matches both the forecast
Consumer Price Index (CPI) and the ad-
vised limit from the Essential Services
“The days of Victorians being hit year-
on-year with excessive council rate hikes
are over, ” Minister for Local Government,
Marlene Kairouz, said.
“Our Fair Go Rates System is making
things fair for ratepayers and is ensuring
local councils stick to their budgets. ”
In 2015, the Andrews’ government in-
troduced the rate cap ending the uncon-
trolled hikes seen across the state for
The Fair Go Rates System, now in its
third year, encourages Victoria’s coun-
cils to produce financial plans that take
into account the long-term needs of their
communities. Central to development
of these plans is consultation with local
communities to determine what services
should be prioritised.
Councils seeking to exceed the rate cap
can apply to the ESC for consideration.
THE worksite in the rolling hills between
Wonthaggi and Korumburra may be idle now
but the $43 million pipeline connecting the
Lance Creek Reservoir to the northern supply
system is on track.
It’s on track for completion in 2019 but just
as importantly, on track to meet its consider-
Contractors are due to get back to work next
week so motorists are urged to exercise caution
in the area, especially between Kongwak and
The main firms involved in the Lance Creek
Water Connection Project are:
• Jado Construction Pty Ltd, which will build
the pipeline from Lance Creek to Korumburra,
and Korumburra to Poowong
• Simpson Construction Pty Ltd, which will
build the pump stations and dosing facilities
• Steel Mains Pty Ltd and Iplex Pipelines Pty
Ltd, which will supply materials and compo-
nents for pipeline construction.
Rate rise capped
at 2.25% for 2018
Contractors building the $43 million water connection between Wonthaggi and Korum-
burra will be back at work this week. m150218
Wonthaggi to Burra pipeline on track
‘Sensational’ numbers on Island
It was a nostalgic summer break for the Bethunes on Phillip Island, with Jan Bethune and
sister-in-law Penny Bethune catching up on old times. The two families rented a house in
Ventnor and Penny says the holiday has brought her back to her teenage years. mm060118
What a night out at the Island Summer Carnival for Emma Simpson and Anna Brett, who
enjoyed the rides and great food. mm200218
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